Source:  The Daily Chronic By TJ Baker

BELLEVUE, WA — Just outside of Seattle, the city of Bellevue, Washington’s 5th largest city, has voted to allow sales of recreational marijuana in state-licensed stores, which are expected to open by the end of 2014.

The Bellevue City Council voted 5 to 2 on Tuesday against a proposed moratorium to ban recreational pot shops in the city.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board, which is overseeing the implementation of 2012′s marijuana legalization Initiative 502, has approved up to four recreational marijana shops in Bellevue.

Council members who voted to reject the proposal argued that the Council should follow the will of the city’s voters, who approved I-502 with 58% of the vote, which is 3% higher than the state-wide average.

The city’s Planning Commission will now begin work on permanent regulations for the recreational marijuana shops.


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